Came across some intresting articles about the Mariana mallard ( Anas oustaleti ). This species is not recognized by all scientist ( believing it being a hybrid form ) and now ( almost ) surtain extinct. The last known 3 specimens ( 2 males and 1 female ) were catched in 1979 and one of the males was released again - being the last ( known ) wild specimen of its species and was never seen again.... The pair was first brought to Hawaii and then send to SeaWorld San Diego with the intention to start a breeding-programm ( with one pair.......!? ). This failed however and the last bird - the last of its species ! - died 1981 at SeaWorld..... I have several questions about this species and it's holding at San Diego and because all this happened quite recently I hope some ZooChatters can help. First of all, have any ZooChatter seen ( or even photographed !? ) the last pair during their time at SeaWorld San Diego and if so would it be possible to tell about it ? Are there any published notes, articles or other information about the pair during their time at SeaWorld San Diego ( like enclosure discription, did they lay eggs and so on ) ? Is it known when the birds exactly died in 1981 ? If so, it would be one of the few species where the exact date of extinction is known. Hope somebody can help !